The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed that only three Counties in Kenya will host the upcoming Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations – CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in November.
FKF President Nick Mwendwa named Nakuru, Kisumu, and Kakamega as the Counties as hosts to the tournament which is making a return after a two-year-long break.
A joint team of FKF and CECAFA officials led by Secretary-General Nicholas Musonye and Mwendwa, are currently touring the Counties and inspecting the venues.
The officials on Wednesday toured Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County before holding talks with Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. It is understood that the officials are trying to lure the governor as well as those of the other Counties to back the tournament.
Mwendwa told reporters he was pleased with the progress made at Bukhungu Stadium. He said the team will come back for a final inspection on November 7 when work has been completed.
“We also met the governor who assured us of full support, and that they are really looking forward to hosting CECAFA. We shall have four teams here and the quarter-finals as well,” he said, adding that Mumias Sports Complex could also host a few matches.
“We know Mumias is ready we just need to see what can be improved. The competition will be held in Nakuru, Kisumu and Kakamega counties. In Kisumu, we want to explore the possibility of moving the garbage outside the Moi Stadium.”
Uganda won the last edition of the competition, beating Rwanda in the final which was held in Ethiopia in 2015.
The Harambee Stars are, meanwhile, preparing to face Iraq and Thailand in international friendlies on Thursday evening and Sunday respectively.
Stars Coach Stanley Okumbi has selected his strongest squad available for the Asian trip, although he is without injured skipper Victor Wanyama. Zambian-based defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino will captain Stars against an Iraq side currently tied on position 88 with Kenya on the Fifa rankings.
Zambian-based defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino will captain the team against Iraq who is currently tied on position 88 with Kenya on the FIFA rankings.